Anyway. I'll be updating the illustrated short stories that I've been working on for the past year here over this next month. Two a week so that I'm not overwhelming your feeds in one go.
In other news...
Taking advice from the travel channel and the rewards of being a local art nerd.
October was busy in all the ways that I didn't expect, but totally love! At the very start I was like "f*** it!" and dove right into the local art scene from a enthusiast's POV - and it was possibly one of the most amazing experiences ever!
The first event I hit was Ormond Beach Live, a new art and music festival put on by SSA. I might have fallen in love with the Casements, which was once John D. Rockefeller's winter home. It's been converted into a music/cultural venue and is simply gorgeous! I also made friends with a really cool guy that does car restoration while we both battled marathon cyclists. I did a brief write-up with slides on Instagram, which can be viewed here.
The very next week was the Dia De Los Muertos Block Party and Monster Art Factory put on by the City Arts Factory. I vended at this one as well, but I escaped from my tent whenever I could and was blown away by all of the amazing art and artists that came out for it! I did a slideshow write-up for this as well, which can be viewed here.
As you might have noticed, I'm a tad all over the place with where I'm posting these adventures. I noticed this too and have started the background work of revamping my personal blog to serve as a central point for these adventures. That is not totally ready yet (and is currently comprised of random articles from other parts of the site), but will be located at dragonmun.com/category/blog/
I wanted to mention this because of Immerse. OMG! Immerse was an amazing experience!
I knew that Orlando was full of creative types from all forms of art, but to have the performance side of things come together in one massive event that shut down the major streets downtown for two days was just mind blowing. I dropped the blog link above because I want a proper place to post about this thing. I mean... look at this video clip of a full orchestra performing a cover of Take on Me by a-ha!
So yeah. Keep an eye on the blog for coverage on Immerse next. It'll be posted some time this week.
I will also be posting this weird adventure that I and my friend Amy went on.
Several years back, while I was glassy-eyed and half-watching the travel channel while taking care of a sick baby, I saw a show that recommended various adventures that people could take within their own state. Fate had it that I was watching the Florida episode. While the theme parks were obviously mentioned, one cool thing was this challenge to watch the sun rise on the east coast and then try to make it to watch it set on the other coast by traveling down highway 50. As this is basically a straight shot, it's not hard to do... unless you follow the other part of the challenge, which was to stop in every town and city along the way.
We made it, but only by not stopping where we live.
Let me tell you, that was AMAZING! There were so many cool and adorable stops along the way and it was amazing to see just how alive and active our local communities really are! There were soccer games, art/music festivals, halloween parties, and bar crawls everywhere! Whoever says that there is nothing happening in this state apparently just never makes an effort to do things.
An insane amount of photos were taken and those will be posted on the blog as well.
While all of that was going on up there, stuff was still happening on the book side of things. The giveaway for a signed copies of Sunrise and Mourning is still running now through the 13th of this month. To get in on that, check out the link below.
If you don't want to participate in an online raffle, but still want to read Sivoa: Sunrise for free, you have options! The Orange County Library System now has it. If you're not in Central Florida, you can ask for it to be ordered by your local library as it is in the necessary catalog system now.
And33's on Colonial is now the proud home of original paintings, prints, and books. You can find them at 4805 East Colonial Dr. Orlando, FL 32803 or at and33s.com/
2 signed books, 2 ebooks, 5 sketch cards, and my thanks!
Giveaway ends on October 13th! Get your points in!